Letter from Euan McLeod: I read with interest the comments made by Sandy Horn to Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA), criticising our assertions on alternatives to new nuclear for Scottish energy policy (Letters, 30 September). I recommend reading our detailed policy briefing on Scottish energy policy on the NFLA website (www.nuclearpolicy.info). Our report notes that 6,573 megawatts of renewable energy are built, or are being built, with a further 19,500 megawatts going through the planning process.
Scotsman 1st October 2010 more >>
WEST Somerset councillors have overwhelmingly voted to raise serious objections to EDF’s proposed development of two nuclear reac tors at Hinkley Point. Council members branded EDF’s proposals as “wholly inadequate and completely lacking in detail, justification and evidence” at a special full council meeting last week. Councillors agreed that EDF was not taking suitable steps to reduce the negative impacts the development would have on West Somerset residents, with particular concern raised for residents in Stogursey, who live close to the proposed develop ment.
Somerset County Gazette 30th Sept 2010 more >>
Alan Simpson: If the Treasury plans to break up the Department of Energy and Climate Change it will be a gift to Ed Miliband. Labour’s new leader created DECC. He still carries the scars of lost battles with the Treasury over climate change policies and knows that other choices are also possible. One of these is to break up the Treasury rather than DECC. The logic behind the Treasury’s daft idea is (allegedly) to allow staff cuts in DECC, transferring functions into the Treasury itself. Historically it has been the Treasury that has been the stumbling block in every step to take Britain into a renewable energy future.
Morning Star 27th Sept 2010 more >>
Huhne has been defending his department from attempts by the Treasury to relocate its staff into his offices. No details of the settlement will be officially published before the comprehensive spending review on 20 October, but it is understood that the energy secretary has successfully resisted the idea of merging his department.
Guardian 1st Oct 2010 more >>
Sizewell B power station came back online today, generating enough low carbon electricity to serve two million homes.
East Anglian Daily Times 30th Sept 2010 more >>
Evening Star 30th Sept 2010 more >>
Leaked documents passed on to a French campaign group show that the design and mechanics of the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) could lead to a Chernobyl-type accident.
Indymedia 30th Sept 2010 more >>
Stop Hinkley 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The economic advantage of commercial nuclear power relies on the low price of its fuel. However, the gap between the spot price and long-term price for uranium demonstrates its imperfections as a commodity trading market. Although things are getting better, quoted prices should be treated with caution.
Nuclear Engineering International 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The National Nuclear Laboratory’s (NNL) procurement team aims to save £500,000 on the company’s bottom line before the end of this financial year, a conference heard this week.
Supply Management 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is striving for a world of “independence, peace and friendship,” envoy Pak Kil Yon told the UN general assembly on Wednesday. Mr Pak, the DPRK’s vice-minister of foreign affairs, opposed nuclear war and nuclear proliferation in his statement. But he was adamant that “as long as the US nuclear aircraft carriers sail around the seas of our country, our nuclear deterrent can never be abandoned but should be strengthened further.
Morning Star 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The head of Iran’s atomic agency says power generation from its first nuclear plant will probably begin in January – two months later than announced.
BBC 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The fifth reactor at Russia’s Novovoronezh nuclear power station has entered a 260-day outage for modernization work that should see the 30-year old VVER-1000 reactor’s operating life extended to 2040.
Your Nuclear News 1st Oct 2010 more >>
In a meeting with officials of NATO, European church representatives have advocated ending the role of tactical nuclear weapons in the alliance’s new ‘strategic concept’.
On 24 September 2010, a delegation of the Church and Society Commission (CSC) of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, Dr Jiri Sedivy.
Ekklesia 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The coalition government is divided over whether and to what extent Britain should remain a nuclear power
Economist 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The UK has suffered a second fall in renewable energy production this year, raising concern about the more than £1bn support the industry receives each year from taxpayers. The drop in electricity generated from wind, hydro and other clean sources in the first half of 2010 could also be a setback to the coalition government’s promise that the UK could help lead a “third industrial revolution” and create a low-carbon economy.
Guardian 1st Oct 2010 more >>